Since 1965, California has received $287.3 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Written into the law is a requirement that any parks that receive the funds are required to remain open to the public. If states close parks that received the funding, the law does not require them to pay the money back, but it does require states to provide new park land of equal appraised value in a nearby location.
Also, the National Park Service could declare California ineligible for future federal parks grants if it closes parks that were purchased with land and water act funding.
Washington Monument Syndrome, also called the "Mount Rushmore Syndrome", is the name of a political tactic allegedly used by government agencies when faced with reductions in the rate of projected increases in budget or actual budget cuts. The most visible and most appreciated service that is provided by that entity is the first to be put on the chopping block. The name derives from the National Park Service's alleged habit of saying that any cuts would lead to an immediate closure of the wildly popular Washington Monument.
National Forests are categorized by the World Commission on Protected Areas as IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area).
The state won't allow the city to make money on the endeavor, and all profits would go into state coffers, city officials said.
In recent years, the Colusa park has been operating at a loss, generating only $56,000 in revenue, but costing about $154,000 to operate and maintain, according to the state.
City officials believe that much of the lost revenue came from the state cutting staff at the facility who were responsible for collecting rental fees from campers.
The county's Department of Beaches and Harbors says that budget cuts will mean some restrooms won't open until as late as 11 a.m. in the summer.
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